Monday, October 1, 2012

It has been a while ... some random thoughts

Just got back from the beach and it was great.  I think my whole family is now depressed.  We left sunshine and came home to cold and rain :(
I am still trying to figure out how we can go in the spring as well.

Have some new recipes, hope to post those tonight :)


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sandy's Omelet Spot - Princeton, WV

Another bad place to eat!

Just so you know.  The Omelet Spot in Princeton, WV is not as efficient as your traditional Waffle House!
Don't be fooled.  It looks like a Waffle House..grill set up etc... but the grill guy couldn't multitask, so it took us 45 minutes to get plates of cheese eggs and some bacon.

We are never going back....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Power Bars

This recipe has been modified a bit from the original from Elana's Pantry :)

My mom made a batch of these and they are delicious!

I am making my first batch tonight!



2 cups almonds (raw)
½ cup flax meal (ground flaxseeds)
½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
8 Medjool dates
½ cup unsalted creamy almond butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup dried cherries, or other dried fruit (unsweetened or juice sweetened)
  1. Place almonds, flax meal, shredded coconut, almond butter, dates, and salt in a food processor
  2. Pulse briefly, about 30 seconds
  3. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat
  4. Add coconut oil and cherries to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste
  5. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish
  6. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Biscuits!!! No gluten!

This recipe makes 8-10 biscuits.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups of almond flour
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter (or buttery spread)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon agave


Mix dry ingredients
Melt butter and mix in other wet ingredients.

Mix both into a dough.

Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of parchment to 1 1/2 inches thick
Dust dough with extra almond flour if it is sticky etc.

Cut dough into biscuits shapes.
Transfer the biscuits to a baking sheet (lines with parchment or greased)

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until browned on the bottom edges.

Serve with whatever you like :) 
I think they are just fine with a touch of butter.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Gluten Free Walnut Bread

I have been really liking the gluten free cooking site
www.elanaspantry.com

I have to alter some of them to make them paleo.

Today I tried the Walnut-Cranberry Bread... but had to no cranberries :)  so I used mini blueberries.  It is cooling off now as I type.  All I know is the batter was good and it smelled great cooking!
Can't wait to try it :)

Here's the recipe for the cranberry version.


Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 eggs
1/2 cup blue agave nector
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup frozen cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix flour, salt & soda in medium bowl

Mix wet ingredients in large bowl

Combine both ingredients then fold in walnuts and berries.

Pour batter into 2 greased 6.5 X 4 inch loaf pans OR in one 9 X9 inch pan.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

Cool and serve.



Next week I hope to make my own ice cream :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Homemade Detergent Recipes

Dishwasher Detergents

Recipe 1 (Powder)
1 Cup Washing Soda or Baking Soda
1 Cup Borax

Mix thoroughly and store in sealed plastic container.  Use 2 TBS per Load

Recipe 1 (Liquid)
1 Part Baking Soda
1 Part Borax
1 Part Water
Mix thoroughly and store in sealed jug. Use 2 TBS per load

Depending on the type of water you have, your dishes may have a haze.  If that happens, use less detergent and/or use vinegar for the rinse.

Powdered Laundry Detergents

Recipe #1
2 cups of grated bar soap
1 cup washing soda(or soda ash)
1 cup Borax
Mix well and store in airtight container. Use 2 TBS per load.

Recipe #2
12 cups Borax
8 cups baking soda
8 cups washing soda(or soda ash)
8 cups grated bar soap
Mix well and store in airtight container. Use 1/8 cup per full load.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pumpkin Bars

Got this recipe off of 

Ingredients
½ cup pumpkin (acorn, butternut or other squash) puree
½ cup agave nectar

2 eggs
1 cup blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt (regular salt works as well, just use half as much)

½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves 

Mix up the wet ingredients then the dry ingredients.
Then mix the wet and dry together.
Pour batter into a greased 8x8 baking dish 
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes 
Serve naked or with whipped cream

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Another Muffin Recipe - Apple and cinnamon

This one is also good!

Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut water (can substitute with milk)
6 egg whites
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups of almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flout
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinn
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat oven @ 325

Mix the dry stuff together... mix the wet stuff together

This makes 12 standard muffins. Grease muffin pans before pouring in batter or use those neat little muffin paper cuts. When you fill the muffin cups they will be full, but almond flour doesn't raise like wheat flour.

Bake for 20 min or until golden and a toothpick can be pulled clean from the center of a muffin.

The only carbs in this is the applesauce and coconut water... the almond flour and coconut flour are high in protein and fiber respectively.


I think I might dabble with this one in adding fruit etc ;)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Almond Blueberry Muffins

This one is GREAT!

Ingredients
1/2 cup water
4 eggs (or 5 egg whites)
1/2 cup honey (optional, sweet enough without it!)
2 cups of blueberries
2 1/4 cups of almond flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinn
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat oven @ 325

Mix the dry stuff together... mix the wet stuff together
Then toss in blueberries.

This makes 12 standard muffins. Grease muffin pans before pouring in batter. 
When you fill the muffin cups they will be full, but almond flour doesn't raise like wheat flour.

Bake for 20 min or until golden and a toothpick can be pulled clean from the center of a muffin.

These are awesome, only carbs are in the honey and fruit.  Honestly they can go without the honey... so that basically makes this a high protein muffin.  Imagine that!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

EASY HEALTHY FUDGE

This stuff is AWESOME!!!   Especially for those of us who are fudge nuts :)

I omitted the salt :)


Ingredients:
2 cups almond butter
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder, sifted to remove any lumps
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons liquid honey
1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil, melted (optional)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until well incorporated.
Spoon the mixture into a pan and flatten with the back of a spoon. Place in the freezer for an hour or so, then take it out to cut into bite-size squares or rectangles. Transfer the pieces onto a plate. Keep these covered and stored in the freezer.
An alternative is to spoon the mixture into candy molds; pop them out when they are thoroughly frozen. They have a chewy texture when frozen.
These must be kept in the freezer, otherwise they will become soft and mushy, to the consistency they were at before freezing. So if you take them out to eat, eat them quickly! Also keep this in mind when cutting the fudge; work quickly.

Direct link
http://www.drbenkim.com/easy-healthy-fudge-recipe.html

Thank you Dr. Kim!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Some more Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup Almond flour
1/2 cup Coconut flour
1/2 cup Flaxseed Meal

2 tsp Cinn
2 tsp Nutmeg
2 T raw honey melted

5 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350
Mix everything together except for egg whites
Mix egg whites until very fluffy
Fold egg whites into dry mixture.

Drop balls of resulting mixture 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet.

Cook ten minutes.

A fluffy little cookie with really no sugar except for the honey.  I think the honey wouldn't be missed with the amount of cinn and nutmeg in the recipe :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Coconut Pancakes

Ingredients

3 eggs (or egg white equiv)
3 T of melted butter or oil
1/4 cup plus 2 T coconut milk (or other milk substitution)
1/2 tsp honey or agave
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 coconut flour (or any other nut flour)
1 tsp baking powder(to be paleo arrowroot should be used)
1/2 cup or so of water


Whisk together all the wet stuff except for water.
In a separate bowl mix the dry stuff.
Combine the two. Use the water to get the mixture to get the batter to the consistency you like.

In a well buttered pan, cook pancakes until both sides are browned.

Makes 5 large or 10 small pancakes.  Smaller pancakes are easier to handle in the pan since larger ones tend to fall apart pretty easily.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Psalm 139:23-24 Serious Prayer David is saying!

Investigate my life, O God,
      find out everything about me;
   Cross-examine and test me,
      get a clear picture of what I'm about;
   See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong—
      then guide me on the road to eternal life.



Talked about this in Sunday school.  Chad taught about our motives. God knows our heart... whether what we do is for the right reasons or not.  The Psalm of David asking God to search out the evil things he had done and to lead him to eternal life.  Thank our Father we have Jesus helping us on that road!

I love YouBars Check out the site!

Ever thought those "health" bars you get at the store weren't that healthy?

I have always thought they just had too much sugar in them.

If you are working on going paleo like the hubby and I are, the store bought ones are out of the question.

I love a breakfast bar.  Easy to grab and go with in the mornings.  My hubby discovered the website below.


http://www.youbars.com/

You decide what goes into you bar!  Pick the ingredients and viola they have exactly what you wanted in them.

I got my first box in this past week.  They are scrumptious. I had put honey in mine but I think on the next order I will not.  The dates give it enough sweetness without the honey. 

Easy Paleo Bread (Gluten free as well!)


1 ½ cups almond flour or coconut flour
¾ cup arrowroot powder
¼ cup flax seed meal
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Mix dry ingredients.
In another bowl mix eggs, agave & vinegar with a mixer until fluffy.
Mix dry ingredients into wet.
Put batter is well greased loaf pan.
Bake @ 350 for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned on top.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Eyes

Your eye is a light for the body. When your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But when your eyes are evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. Luke 11:34 NCV

If your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell. Matthew 5:29 NCV


I have read these verses dozens of times.  Sometimes I think I do not take our Creator for serious.  If I see these words as truth in what they say ... I would guard my eyes with vigilance.  Makes me wonder about those times I am feeling dark or down. 

Am I down because of the darkness I have let into my eyes....is it because I have not let enough light in?

In a world so full of darkness this is something to ponder.

Japanese Steak House (YUM YUM) Sauce Recipe - It's Paleo... or at least CLOSE!

 
1 ¼ cup Hellmann’s Mayo
¼  cup Water
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon melted butter
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon paprika
Dash of cayenne pepper

Using a fork or a whisk, blend all ingredients together thoroughly until well mixed and the sauce is smooth. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend. Bring to room temperature before serving.

The sauce will NOT taste right if you don't let it sit overnight. And please don't try to substitute ketchup for the tomato paste! The water is needed to bring this to the right consistency.

I don't know how long this keeps in the refrigerator; I've kept it 7-10 days, but I always wind up eating it all before 10 days so after that - anyone's guess.

* Hellmann's is called "Best Foods" west of the Rockie Mountains. Use other mayos at your peril - many cheap brands make the sauce taste too much like mayo.

Captain Charlie's Seafood Paradise - Swansboro, NC .... I think NOT!

We went here with high expectations.  We had passed it several times on many other vacations.  We never were able to try it due to various timings. This time we did get to go.. the earlier part of September 2010.

First off when you entered the place it smelled of old... musty and mildew.

Everything was deep fried... and not in a good way.  It ruined the supposedly fresh seafood they had. The salad you got was what appeared to be old lettuce. Side options were minimal as well. Also it took over an hour to get the tasteless food.

We had been told that it was a local favorite... well it was if you were over 80... that's the only other people we saw in there!

Try it if you like, but I am betting it will not be in business next year.

Paleo Coconut Bread Recipe

¾ cup sifted Coconut Flour
½ cup Coconut Oil or butter, melted
6 eggs
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

Blend together eggs, butter, honey and salt. Combine coconut flour with baking powder and whisk thoroughly into batter until there are no lumps. Pour into greased 9x5x3 inch or smaller loaf pan and bake at 175C (350F) for 40 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

FYI... the coconut oil makes the coconut flavor stronger

Paleo Brownie Recipe

6 Tbsp oil (not canola!)
2 eggs
1/2 C honey or blue agave nectar
1/2 C almond or pecan meal (coconut flour makes them less grainy)
1/2 C cocoa or carob powder
1/4 C arrowroot flour

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

If you use a smaller pan and the batter is poured in thick, it comes out more cake like brownies. 
I used a 9x9 pan for mine.